Relocation enables growth and more jobs at specialist manufacturer

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A manufacturing firm which specialises in the early detection of leaks and the prevention of flood damage has moved to Barnsley as part of a strategy for growth.

Andel Ltd has officially opened its new head office at Dodworth Business Park.

The company moved from Marsden in West Yorkshire six months ago to secure larger, more modern premises, where it can invest in growth and increase turnover from £5m to £8m over the next three years.

It has since recruited to 11 new jobs with two more in the pipeline.

Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Caroline Makinson, attended the opening ceremony of the new headquarters to offer an official welcome to the borough.

Andel’s operations director, Willem Lewis, said: “Our new offices in Barnsley have already had an incredibly positive impact on the business.

“The new building has given us room to grow and the fact that it stands in a great gateway location in Dodworth, right next to junction 37 of the M1, has made it so much easier to send out our products, reach our customers and receive visitors.

“We’ve also found local talent to recruit to our new jobs and bring our workforce up to 60. We are now in a very good position to achieve our target of 25 per cent year on year growth for the next three years.”

Founded in West Yorkshire in 1992, Andel designs and delivers products and services for safe and efficient fuel and oil storage, maintenance and interceptor waste and drainage.

Its specialist leak detection systems alert customers to any breaches on their sites as soon as possible and allow for quick action to be taken to reduce damage and disruption and to prevent potential pollution.

It also designs systems which pick up on early warnings of flooding and activate preventative flood defence measures, such as raising floodgates and walls, to protect customers’ properties and sites.

Lewis said: “The worsening environmental risk of flooding across the country in recent years has made this an area for significant growth for the business.

“Our R&D team have developed cutting edge products which are customised to meet the needs of each site and give customers peace of mind that they have systems in place to protect against flood damage.”

The new jobs are in manufacturing, digital technology, distribution, project management, sales and administration.

Andel is also taking on two apprentices through the Kickstart scheme, who will develop skills in computer-aided design and estimator roles.

Enterprising Barnsley, which is the business support arm of Barnsley Council, has helped Andel move to the borough, make connections with local suppliers, recruit to its vacancies and participate in the Kickstart programme.

Councillor Tim Cheetham, Barnsley’s cabinet spokesman for regeneration and culture, said: “It’s great to welcome an established manufacturing business like Andel to the borough and such good news that they’ve already created jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for local people.

“We wish them every success for their future in Barnsley.”